Galatea 2.2 Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Richard Powers
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What causes Richard to threaten to leave Philip Lentz's project?

2. What are Philip Lentz and his friends discussing when Richard joins them?

3. Where was Richard before he moved back to the U.S.?

4. How does Philip Lentz refer to Richard in their second meeting?

5. Philip Lentz's tirade make Richard think of _____.

Short Essay Questions

1. What changes with implementation H?

2. Describe Richard's dinner with Diana Hartrick.

3. Describe the relationship between Philip Lentz and Richard.

4. How does Richard Powers use flashbacks in his narrative?

5. Why was the fact of C.'s parents moving to Limburg a crisis for Richard and C.?

6. What does Richard feel about himself and about his writing while Lentz is redesigning implementation B?

7. What was happening with Richard and C. at the time that Richard published his first book?

8. Why does Lentz not cut into Helen?

9. Who is Philip Lentz and how does Richard meet him?

10. What limitations does Richard come up against in Helen?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Helen ultimately shuts herself down because she is not adjusted to the real world, just the world of literature and Richard's personality. To what extent is this an allegory for machines and even for modern human culture? Are people today in the same position as Helen?

Essay Topic 2

When Richard meets Lentz, Lentz is experimenting with machines that can recognize beautiful music, and Helen ultimately requests music and poetry from Richard. Are Richard and Lentz asking the machines to do two different things, or are music and poetry treated as the same project?

Essay Topic 3

Why is Lentz driven to cut into Helen, and why is Richard ultimately resigned to allow him to? Why do men have to kill, or at least pry into, the things they create and come to love?

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